Publisher: Tal Publishing (February 16, 2014)
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Emiel Dharr – Spice Trader
Jorga – A Khatala Warrior
Amoura Xanna – Magus assigned to help escort Emiel.
Selvetar – A Powerful Magus with his own agenda.
Spice Trader Emiel arrives home to find his twin daughter’s missing. They’ve been taken, and are being held prisoner in order to force him to deliver a package to the city of Altarra. His only companions in this adventure are a mercenary who despises him, and a Magus who confuses him. In another part of the world, Joga, a Khatala sets out on a mission of manhood. Despised by those non Khatala’s, he’s alone in his survival, until he finds some companions of his own. Along the way both groups learn to challenge long held beliefs and learn about themselves in the process.
R. J. Terrell once again dives into the realm of Fantasy novels. This time it’s a world created from his own imagination. It’s populated with believable and likeable characters. He very carefully, whether purposefully, or just through the art of storytelling, follows the Mythical Heroe’s Journey pattern. Emiel is the reluctant adventurer, thrust into a world unfamiliar to him.
The combat scenes along the way are very well written, and move very quickly. There’s never a spot, where I as a reader grew bored. A mark of a good fantasy is if it addresses contemporary issues, and Mr. Terrell manages to do so within the pages of Unleashed without becoming too preachy or obvious.
Overall, a very fun Fantasy novel and I anxiously await the next entry. For a rating, I’d say older teens and adults due to combat situations, and dark imagery. But for fans of Fantasy, you should pick up Unleashed. If you do, be sure to drop back by and let us know what you thought.
About the Author
R. J. Terrell was instantly a lover of fantasy the day he opened R. A. Salvatore’s: The Crystal Shard. Years (and many devoured books) later he decided to put pen to paper for his first novel. After a bout with aching carpals, he decided to try the keyboard instead, and the words began to flow. When not writing, he enjoys reading, videogames, and long walks with his wife around Stanley Park in Vancouver BC.
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